Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader meet in A New Hope , the resulting battle was the first time the Star Wars creative team had ever depicted a lightsaber duel. The duel is notably restrained, less fluid and flashy than later lightsaber battles in the franchise. As a result, some fans view it as a weak point of the film, expressing frustration with the technical limitations that hamper the fight between two fan-favorites - a much more heightened remake of the scene exists online , a glossy piece of fan fiction. However, the New Hope duel is not nearly as underwhelming as some make it out to be; it’s as much about the conversation as it is the lightsabers. The simple exchange between the two tells the viewer everything we need to know about their history, their clash of values, while the duel itself feels tense, and painstakingly cautious. It is a clash between two old masters who are both restraining … [Read more...] about ‘Kenobi’ Finale Delivered The Duel ‘Star Wars’ Fans Wanted
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Story highlights Arthur Ashe won three grand slam titles First African American to achieve feat of winning a slam Died aged 49 in 1993 of AIDS related illness from an infected blood transfusion Stadium court at Flushing Meadows named in his honor The new CNN Film "Citizen Ashe" explores the enduring legacy of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. It airs Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This article has been updated to mark the debut of the film. (CNN) Tennis hero, inspiring role model for African Americans, social activist and high-profile campaigner for the HIV and AIDS communities, Arthur Ashe died in 1993, but it is a measure of his influence that, decades later, he shines as brightly as ever. The main stadium court at Flushing Meadows, where the US Open is staged, is named in his honor, a striking statue of Ashe adorns the grounds, while the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is a glittering annual bash that kick starts the fortnight for the final grand … [Read more...] about Arthur Ashe: US sport’s greatest Black icon?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Exercise plays a critical role in supporting health and wellbeing. Aside from the endorphin release that helps us manage our stress and emotions, physical activity can help support mental wellbeing. One form of exercise that has continued to rise in popularity in recent decades is Pilates. Pilates was developed in the 1920s and has seen consistent growth throughout the last few decades. When the pandemic hit, Pilates was one of the fitness trends that came back into prominence. Despite its popularity, Pilates is still an industry that lacks diversity. Fatphobia, racism, and accessibility challenges continue to steer people away—but that is slowly starting to change. Sonja R. Price Herbert is a New York-based writer, speaker and Pilates instructor who founded Black Girl Pilates . Herbert sat down to discuss her trajectory, why a dedicated space that centers Black people is so important, and the ways that white … [Read more...] about An Exploration Of Anti-Blackness Within The Fitness Industry
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This story has been updated . Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has finally announced its long-awaited and dreaded decision that leaked last month , restricting abortion rights by overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision , much of the news coverage will be centered around women, specifically, cisgender women. That’s logical, and not unexpected, especially since women number 167.5 million, a clear majority of Americans, five million more people than those who identify as male. Many people, even some members of the LGBTQ+ population, see this issue as primarily impacting straight cisgender women. So why talk about anyone else? Here’s why: Not all the cisgender women getting pregnant are straight. More than half of LGB people say they’re bisexual, according to the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A School of Law , and about 3.5% of all Americans say they’re lesbian, gay or bi. Even though research … [Read more...] about Abortion And The Supreme Court: A Decision For LGBTQ+ Americans, Too
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin BMW has launched yet another potentially brilliant cult classic from Europe that won’t be coming to the United States, with the BMW M3 Touring (wagon). Launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, the BMW M3 Touring is based on the standard M3 sedan , but takes advantage of the BMW 3 Series Touring bodyshell to deliver a whole new level of practicality to the high-performance BMW world. It’s one of the BMW M birthday presents to itself for its 50 th anniversary, but it’s not the first M wagon, because it has also made M5 Touring models, complete with both V8 and V10 power. ADVERTISEMENT It’s not even the first wagon in the class, with Audi making the genre its own with both the RS 4 and RS 6 wagons over many generations, while Mercedes-AMG will deliver a wagon version of the next C 63. The upshot will be a mid-sized load-lugger that will hammers to 62mph in 3.6 seconds and from zero to 124mph … [Read more...] about BMW M’s First M3 Wagon Has 510Hp, But It’s Not Coming Here.
- A + A A weekly round-up of tanker and dry bulk market (June 24, 2022) This report is produced by the Baltic Exchange. The Baltic Exchange, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange, is the world's only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts. Its international community of over 650 members encompasses the majority of world shipping interests and commits to a code of business conduct overseen by the Baltic. For daily freight market reports and assessments, please visit www.balticexchange.com . Capesize The Capesize market was unable to carry the rally from last week as rates were seen to dip sharply this week with the 5TC down 4901 to US$19,875. Trade activity throughout the week came in fits and starts with the market struggling to settle. While activity in the Pacific was moderate and the Atlantic was heard to be tightening on tonnage, the financial … [Read more...] about Baltic Exchange shipping updates: June 24
If you’ve ever tried to change someone’s mind but found they were completely unwilling to budge in their thinking, it can help to understand how the brain works. Changing your mind—or someone else’s—is a complex process done through assimilation or accommodation, says David McRaney, author of How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion and host of the science podcast You Are Not So Smart . advertisement advertisement “When the brain is confronted with novel information that generates cognitive dissonance, we tend to assuage that conflict by either updating our interpretations information or updating the models of reality that we generated to make sense of it,” he says. Assimilation is when the brain takes the new information and fits it into an existing model in the brain. Accommodation is when we acknowledge that our existing model is incomplete or incorrect. The brain updates the model so that the novel … [Read more...] about How psychology can help you change someone’s mind
Selena Gomez Selena Gomez feels that her best work has yet to be done. Just the same, her latest album, “Rare,” is an important addition to her catalogue, because it reflects her desire to fully embrace her creativity and take ownership of her story. “Becoming more involved than I ever have been [in creating an album] helped me gain confidence and empowered me completely. I took control over what I was going to say and do,” the singer-actress told Rolling Stone magazine in a recent interview. The past seven years were an arduous period in Selena’s life. In 2013, she was diagnosed with lupus and had to undergo chemotherapy and rehabilitation. Her medical condition made her prone to anxiety and depression, which forced her to cancel two world tours: “Stars Dance” and “Revival” in 2013 and 2016. The year 2017 saw the pop star further shying away from the limelight, after her lupus caused kidney damage so severe it required a transplant surgery. Earlier this year, she was … [Read more...] about Selena Gomez no longer ‘sad and hurt,’ now in control of her creative process
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel in 'Ms Marvel'. (Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022) Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, and she debuts in the limited series Ms Marvel , which dropped on Disney + Hotstar on June 8. A teenager from a dogged and close-knit Muslim family in Jersey City—still catalysed to shame and angst by the post-Partition trauma of their lineage—launched as a comic book in 2013. The young Marvel superhero, an obsessive Avengers and Captain Marvel fan in her humble and messy origin story, has soared as young Marvel superheroes have started gaining momentum in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)—the other Young Avengers being Kate Bishop ( Hawkeye ), the Maximoff twins ( WandaVision ), Elijah Bradley ( The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ), Kid Loki ( Loki ), and America Chavez ( Multiverse of Madness ). In the comics, Kamala belongs to a different group of young superheroes called the Champions, and … [Read more...] about Ms Marvel review: Iman Vellani steps up as the first South Asian female superhero in the MCU
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The Biden administration proposed sweeping changes to Title IX Thursday—increasing protections for LGBTQ students and victims of sexual misconduct and revoking Trump-era restrictions advocates say protect perpetrators of sexual misconduct—on the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislature. Key Facts The proposed changes are a dramatic reversal of a series of 2020 mandates made under former Education Secretary Betsy Devos that required a hearing for cases of sexual misconduct, including cross-examination of the accuser. The proposal also expands Title IX prohibitions on sex-based discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which LGBTQ advocates have been demanding for months in the leadup to the anniversary of the legislation. Key Background The proposed changes to Title IX – the landmark 1972 legislation protecting students from sex-based … [Read more...] about Biden Proposes Title IX Overhaul—Reversing Trump-Era Rules—–On Legislation’s 50th Anniversary